Welcome to the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway. Known affectionately as La’al Ratty, meaning ‘little railway’ in old Cumbrian dialect, the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway is one of the oldest and longest narrow gauge railways in England. Join us on a seven mile journey through history and the beautiful Western Lake District, as we travel behind a historic steam engine.

Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway. Photo - Mark Fielding
Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway. Photo - Ben McGregor
River Mite at Rock Point. Photo - Mark Fielding
Maid of Kent Pullman Camping Coach

Images courtesy of Mark Fielding and Ben McGregor

Begin your journey at Ravenglass, a quaint coastal village uniquely located in two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Lake District National Park and Frontiers of the Roman Empire. It’s worth spending some time here and exploring the picturesque coastline, the Roman Bath House – about a 15 minute walk from the station, and nearby Muncaster Castle. Step back into our fascinating past and visit the on-site railway museum which is free to enter.

The forty minute journey (each way) begins on the low lying estuaries of the Irt, Mite, and Esk rivers, before venturing inland through the gentle rolling valley via seven request stops, until culminating at Dalegarth for Boot station.

In view of England’s highest mountains, Dalegarth station lies in the beautiful and remote Eskdale valley. Believed to offer some of the best walking experiences in the Lake District, the valley is favoured by those who enjoy getting off the beaten track, and spending time with wildlife in a tranquil setting.

From the station, follow an exciting path deep into a gorge and discover an enchanting hidden waterfall, Stanley Force Ghyll. For unparalleled views of the valley and Scafell range, step out onto the viewing platform. A gentle and easy walk will take you to St Catherine’s Church. Just up the road is the tiny village of Boot where you’ll find a couple of village inns and shops, and Eskdale Mill, the last remaining working water-powered corn mill in the Lake District.

Enjoy a hot drink and bite to eat in the cafe and browse in the shop at both Ravenglass and Dalegarth stations, which are open to the public without travelling with us.

Dogs are welcome to travel on the railway and permitted in some of our buildings. A small charge applies. (Dogs are not permitted in Pullman Observation Carriage ‘Joan’.)

Upgrade your railway experience and travel in Pullman Observation Carriage ‘Joan’, or our first class carriage. Visit the website for further details.

Look out for our events, themed days, visiting engines and additional experiences for a special day out. One of which includes the ever-popular Santa Express.

For a holiday with a difference, take a look at our Pullman camping coaches. Elmira and Maid of Kent are two converted railway carriages located in a prime location next to the controller’s box at Ravenglass station, and with a view of the mainline too, they’re a trainspotter’s dream! With lovingly restored original features, the coaches provide a unique experience for up to four people. Dogs welcome.

Ravenglass Railway

CA18 1SW

contact: steam@ravenglass-railway.co.uk

telephone: +44 (0)1229 717171